Michael Kachan was born in the countryside of Armenia. There, he completed secondary school and was a noteworthy student specializing in art. In 1985, he graduated with honors from the Kiev Institute of Arts. Before immigrating to Israel in 1992, Kachan was selected to represent the Ukrainian Painters League in a group exhibition that toured major cities throughout the former Soviet Union and abroad. During that period he also created several monumental installations for various institutions.
A playful and festive atmosphere characterizes his works. His colors are vibrant and celebratory and his subjects are primarily centered on musicians, lovers, and dreamers, suggesting the influences of the 20th century master, Marc Chagall and the Bolivian naïve artist, Rodo Graciela Boulanger. He works mostly in acrylic on canvas, building up the surface with deep sculpted textures and overlays of pigments. He interprets his paintings into original serigraphs and hand-embellished serigraphs on canvas with a similar textural effect and achieves a luminosity of color through a combination of varnished inks and glazes.
A partial list of his accomplishments includes:
• 1989 Theresa Coshin Gallery, Paris
• 1992 Jewish Community Center, Rome
• 1992-93 Binyanei Hauma, Jerusalem
• 1993 Group show, Brighton, England
• 1994 Group show, Hamburg, Germany
• 1995 Avarim Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel
• 1995 Art Expo, New York